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does follow the HASC's lead in prohibit-
ing funding for further Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC) rounds or comple-
tion of the troubled Medium Extended Air
SASC staffers were assured by Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that
the FY13 NDAA would be brought to the
Senate floor in June. Reid, however, has a
track record of postponing action on the
NDAA if debate is projected to last longer
than a few days.
Given the election year climate in Wash-
ington, any Republican efforts to offer
amendments on controversial issues like
funding increases or gay marriage will
probably cause Reid to withhold action
on the NDAA yet again.
On the FY13 defense appropriations side,
the House Appropriations Committee
(HAC) completed its work on the bill
May 17 in an open session. During the
open markup, the bill was heavily praised
by committee members on both sides of
the aisle, although some Democrats were
critical of overall DoD spending levels at
a time when the FY13 Budget Resolution
authored by House Budget Committee
Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would cut
funding for domestic programs in educa-
tion, health care, and transportation.
The FY13 Defense Appropriations Act
was expected to come to the House floor
for debate the week of June 19 after a
one-week recess for the chamber. The
SAC Defense Subcommittee appeared
to be preparing for a markup of the bill
in mid-June. This timeline would put
the appropriators about one month
ahead of schedule compared with a
typical appropriations cycle.
The OMB objected to numerous provisions in the HASC-passed FY13 NDAA.
HOW DOES THE SASC BILL MATCH UP?
"the Administration has serious concerns with provisions that
would ... (from the Statement of Administration Policy on the
HASC version of HR 4310)
Included in the
"... violate the Budget Control Act of 2011."
No. The SASC bill
actually cuts FY13 DoD
spending by $200 million
from the budget request.
"... impinge on the President s ability to implement the New
START Treaty and to set U.S. nuclear weapons policy."
No. The SASC bill
contains little language
"... continue and in some cases expand unwise restrictions
that would constrain the flexibility that our Nation s armed
forces and counterterrorism professionals need to deal with
No. The SASC bill does
prohibit funding for new
prison construction in
the U.S., but does not
prohibit transfers from
"... prohibit DoD from spending any funds to propose or plan
for additional rounds of BRAC."
Yes. The SASC bill does
not authorize funds for
future BRAC rounds.
"... adopt unnecessary and ill-advised policies that would
inhibit the ability of same-sex couples to marry or enter a
recognized relationship under State law."
No. This will be a heated
issue in conference.
"... jeopardize the implementation of the European Phased
Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to missile defense and limit the
ability to protect the United States, deployed U.S. Forces,
allies, and partners."
No. The SASC majority
"... prohibit the use of funds for the MEADS program."
"... limit the President s ability to determine U.S. military
requirements in Europe, negotiate treaties and otherwise
conduct diplomacy, and maintain the confidentiality of
sensitive diplomatic communications."
"... require DoD to prepare and submit a plan to augment
the presence of the U.S. Fifth Fleet in the Middle East and to
conduct military activities in that region."
"... require the President to create a new unified combatant
command for medical operations of the military health
"... would limit the Secretary of Defense s options to
provide security for members of the Armed Forces and
military installations and facilities in Afghanistan and would
undermine the coalition s efforts to encourage Afghan
assumption of sovereign duties."
No. The SASC bill
requires a report on
security contractors, but
there is no prohibition.
FOR THE RECORD
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